Carbon Dust Drawing Workshop, Featuring Real Anatomical Specimens


Carbon dust drawing by instructor Marie Dauenheimer of an innominate bone (human) called the "nameless bone," commonly called the pelvic bone or hip bone.

Drawing class with Board Certified Medical Illustrator Marie Dauenheimer, MA, CMI
Date: Sunday, March 18

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Admission: $75 (includes materials cost)
*** MUST RSVP to morbidanatomy [at] as class size is limited to 10
This class is part of the Morbid Anatomy Art Academy

Carbon dust is a technique perfected by medical artist Max Brodel, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in the late 19th century. This technique-which, until the digital age, was an essential component of medical illustration education-allows the artist to create luminous, textural, three-dimensional drawings by layering carbon dust on prepared paper.

Today’s one day intensive workshop will teach students the use of this all but forgotten medium, and guide each student in the creation of a finished work based on real anatomical specimens supplied by the instructor. The workshop will also include a historical lecture placing carbon dust drawings in the context of the history of anatomical and medical art. The instructor will provide all materials necessary for this workshop, and will also share finished carbon dust drawings (such as her depiction of the “nameless bone,” above) for study.

Marie Dauenheimer is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator working in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She specializes in creating medical illustrations and animations for educational materials, including posters, brochures, books, websites and interactive media. Since 1997 Marie has organized and led numerous “Art and Anatomy Tours” throughout Europe for the Vesalius Trust. Past tours have explored anatomical museums, rare book collections and dissection theatres in Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scotland and England. In addition to illustrating Marie teaches drawing, life drawing and human and animal anatomy at the Art Institute of Washington. Part of Marie’s anatomy class involves study and drawing from cadavers in the Gross Anatomy Lab at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.

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